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How do I choose the right treatment for breast cancer?

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To start, you and your doctor will want to know:

These details will help your doctor recommend some treatments that could work well for you.

  • The type of breast cancer you have
  • The size of your tumor and how far the cancer has spread in your body, called the stage of your disease
  • How fast it will grow
  • How likely the cancer is to spread or come back after treatment
  • How well certain therapies will work for you
  • Your age and how healthy you are
  • The option you'd prefer

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Shorter Radiation Regimen Causes Fewer Side Effects, Offers Better Quality of Life Than Traditional Regimen."

Penn Medicine: "Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation " .

American Cancer Society: "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?" "How is breast cancer treated?" "Surgery for breast cancer," "Radiation therapy for breast cancer," "Chemotherapy for breast cancer," "Hormone therapy for breast cancer," "Targeted therapy for breast cancer."

Giordano, S. , May 2012. Journal of Clinical Oncology

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Accelerated partial breast irradiation."

Susan G. Komen: "Tumor Profiling – Personalizing Treatment for Breast Cancer," "Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Shorter Radiation Regimen Causes Fewer Side Effects, Offers Better Quality of Life Than Traditional Regimen."

Penn Medicine: "Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation " .

American Cancer Society: "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?" "How is breast cancer treated?" "Surgery for breast cancer," "Radiation therapy for breast cancer," "Chemotherapy for breast cancer," "Hormone therapy for breast cancer," "Targeted therapy for breast cancer."

Giordano, S. , May 2012. Journal of Clinical Oncology

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Accelerated partial breast irradiation."

Susan G. Komen: "Tumor Profiling – Personalizing Treatment for Breast Cancer," "Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 13, 2018

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